Best Gifts for Baby

I don’t care if your mama friend is having their first, fifth, or fifteenth baby, there are some things a new baby just needs!

Best Gifts for a New Baby

One thing I never got with my first was real swaddle blankets- and I wish I had. They just never got bought. Then I was almost 40 weeks with baby #2 when I realized I didn’t have any swaddle blankets! I wanted them quickly in case baby came soon, so I just pick up some at TjMaxx. I liked them- very handy, cute and they did the job. But I’m going to be prepared the next time around– and for all my mom friends!

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The first thing on my list for a new baby is swaddles!
I’ve been following Bebe Owl on Instagram for a while and just loved their stuff! They offered to send me some swaddles for Silas, and also a mattress pad that we were in desperate need of (second child problems!). Let me tell you….these are the softest swaddle blankets you will ever find!
I love that they’re made out of 100% bamboo and y’all, the print is adorable. I love the colors! They will go great in the boys room once I get it painted! And, as a side note, the mattress pad is the best one I’ve ever seen! I really had a hard time finding a good one that I felt safe for my little one and this covered it!

Essential Oils for Babies

Secondly, and y’all should not be surprised, are essential oils! They are life-savers when it comes to babies…and two blends in particular are the best. Tummygize is specially formulated and prediluted for babies’ sensitive skin…and tummies! Silas had the hardest time with acid & tummy problems until I figured out he was allergic to dairy. Tummygize saved us many late nights and grumpy & uncomfortable afternoons!

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I also love to gift Sleepyize to new mommies…or mommies of toddlers who are having a sleep strike. Ahem. Again, made especially for babies and its so amazing! I absolutely love the smell, and adding a drop in their lotion for a before bedtime massage is the best!

And my third go-to gift? This should be a no brainer, but so many people forget about it….Diapers! I personally never get people newborn diapers just because my first never fit into them and my second baby was only in them for about a week. I like to gift size one just to be safe. And I’ll tell ya, the diapers have always been appreciated!

Stay tuned….I’m going to share with y’all soon the perfect thing to get Mama for after baby is born!

Question…what was your favorite baby gift ever, that you just could not have lived without?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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How to Cloth Diaper {Frugally}

I’ve been part-time cloth diapering for over a year now….and I’m fixing to begin a journey of cloth diapering 2 boys (ages 2 & newborn)! Believe me, when I saw the prices of some of the brand-new diapers, I knew we could never afford that, especially when they say you need around 24-36 diapers (depending on age) to wash every 2-3 days instead of every day!

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I started my cloth diaper journey by getting 10 $5/$6 pocket diapers off of Zulily. I instantly loved cloth diapers, and I could use cloth for 2 days, then use disposable diapers while I washed & dried the cloth. And like I’ve said before- I only clothed very part time. Then, my then 15mo son developed a chemical burn from the disposable diapers- and we tried every brand….it wouldn’t go away. So I knew I had to cloth full-time, at least until it healed.

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I have never spent more than $8 for a diaper, and have gotten them as low as $3 for one. How do I do that?

Cloth Diaper Auctions

I’m in an awesome Facebook group where you can bid on diapers. That’s where I’ve scored some of my cheapest- and most favorite!- diapers!

Friends/Family

You might actually know someone, or a friend knows someone, who is de-stashing and can usually get diapers for a steal! Ask around!

Consignment Sales

Our twice-annual kids’ consignment sale has had cloth before…although you might have to look hard for good ones or a good price. I won’t pay over $10 for a diaper. That’s just me, though.

Alva Pocket Brand

For someone new to cloth diapers, getting a “starter pack” from the Alva brand is usually the best way to go- although on Amazon, they only have plain colors, not cute patterns. I’ve gotten a OS and newborn size packs before and love them!

Do you cloth diaper? Where do you get your cloth diapers and what’s your favorite brand?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Why We’re Happy with 2 under 2

Surprise!!!!! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you saw around Christmas we announced that we are adding to our little family! ❤ The beginning of March, we had an ultrasound to see what Baby #2 is, and found out, to our surprise, that we’re having another boy! (My husband was thrilled- he doesn’t have to build another room onto the house! Lol)

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Of course we were congratulated, but a lot of people asked us why we were pregnant again, if this baby was a “surprise” or even if it was planned. What in the world makes people ask such nosy and intimate questions?

We actually were surprised that I was pregnant because of some health issues I had been having. We actually thought I was pregnant about 3 months beforehand but turned out I had a huge ovarian cyst. Hence, we were told I wouldn’t be able to get pregnant for a while. The Lord had other plans.

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There are lots of reasons we’re happy with the boys’ age gap (#2’s due date is 1 month before Caleb’s 2nd birthday). Lots of them are personal preference…. And my very wise sister-in-law had always told me that the 2 year age gap is her favorite. I also noticed Caleb got along well with those around 2 years older than him and those children played well with him.

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How often or even how many children people have is their business and their business only. If they’re not taking handouts from the government, and especially if the people are married- let them choose their own path. For us, we believe that children are a blessing from the Lord and should be wanted & celebrated.

We’re so excited to be welcoming this baby in about 20 weeks!!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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DIY Rainbow Rice

Happy Wednesday, people! I know it’s been wayyyyyy too long since I had a “real” post up. Oh well. I’m really, really going to try to do better! Today I want to share with you this super easy project to put together for your toddler!

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I was needing a new, “big boy” activity for my son to play with while I cook supper in the afternoons. He’s pretty much given up his afternoon nap, so I have to get pretty creative to keep him out under foot. Up until recently I was letting him watch a movie (Thomas, Bible stories, ect), but I don’t like him having screen-time everyday, so I knew I had to come up with something.

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I wanted some kind of sensory play, so I decided on rainbow rice. Before having a child, I always thought it looked fun, so we took a quick trip to Dollar General (we took Grandmomma along with us!) to get the stuff I didn’t have on hand. Here’s what you’ll need:

-white rice (I got 3 bags for $.80 each)
– plastic box with locking lid
-food coloring
-plastic zipper bags
– small things to play in the rice with

All I did was put the rice in 4 different plastic bags and added food color to them. Then I just mixed and combined the rice with the color. I did a green, red, blue and a purple{ish}. Then I put them on paper plates to dry. Once it was dry, I poured it into the tub for Caleb to mix up and play with! 🙂

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I ended up getting some measuring spoons, a wooden spoon and some small party cups at DG plus I had some popsicle sticks on hand for Caleb to use for the activity. Let me tell ya, it kept him occupied for over an hour!!!! Momma score! Everytime some rice came out of the box I just told him, “oh no! Keep the rice in the box so you don’t run out!”, and he did his very best at keeping it in. After he was done, I just swept the floor in 5 minutes and was all cleaned up. 🙂

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Tell me, how do you keep your toddler occupied while cooking? Do you think rainbow rice would be a hit for your little one?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Why I Love Cloth Diapering

I’ve only shared a little bit that I cloth diaper….I shared back a couple of months ago my super easy DIY cloth wipes and I hope to share in another post some things that have helped my cloth diapering journey. But, I’m not a 100%, full time cloth-diapering Mama. Why? Well, I don’t have enough cloth yet. Ha! Also, I really have no desire to do it full time, at least at this time in my life. But there are SO many reasons to cloth diaper, even doing it part-time and I want to share with you some of the reasons why I chose to cloth diaper (must to the dismay of my husband- at first!).

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It’s cheaper.

Ohhhhh, yeah frugal Mamas. I got my cloth stash (about 16 diapers) either gently used (from friends) or new for $5 or less per diaper. Yes, I’ve spent less than $100 in my cloth diapers & products for it, and have saved more than that in only 6 months!! The great thing about the diapers, is that if you take good care of them, they’ll last you kid after kid!

It’s healthier.

Here’s where I’m going to get a little crunchy on you. Did you know there are tons of yucky chemicals in your baby’s diaper? Right up against your baby’s important body parts for years, day in and day out….gross. Yeah, yeah, there are chemicals everywhere, but since I’m trying my best to rid them from my house, shouldn’t I atleast try to lighten the load of them up against my baby all the time? I feel so much better when my son is in his cloth….and, seriously. It has to feel better, too!

It’s easier on his bum.

Caleb has never had a bad case of diaper rash or anything like that, but he has gotten red a few times. After a day in cloth, it has completely gone away. Again I say- wouldn’t cloth feel better than diaper material?

It’s easier on the environment.

No, I’m not a huge go-green tree hugger, but it makes sense. There is less waste when you can reuse over & over again the same cloth diaper (and that’s why it’s cheaper, too….).

Before I had my son I thought I would never cloth diaper….but the more I talked to ladies who actually did it and read up on it (and read all the yuckies in diapers!!) I knew I wanted to cloth as often as I could. No, I don’t cloth through the night, or on long town trips. I also don’t cloth while traveling (some people don’t like you using their washing machine for them….imagine that! lol). But I cloth diaper on days we’re home or have little arrends to run and I am so thankful to have been introduced to this way to lessen our toxins in our home!

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Do you cloth diaper? Do you do it full time or part time? Are you interested in cloth diapering?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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How I Use Oils on my Baby

All throughout my pregnancy, I used Young Living oils for feeling my best. If I had a longer birth experience, I totally would have used them for that, too! 😉 So it is totally natural for me to use oils on my baby….here are my favorites & why I use them!

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When using oils on your baby (or child), V6 or coconut oil will become your BFF. Known as a carrier oil, it helps make the oils “go further” and it also helps dilute some of the hotter oils for baby’s sensitive skin.

I have used these 6 oils since my son was 6hrs old. He is currently a year old and, although we add different oils for different occasions, these are STILL my go-to oils for him!

I use 1 drop of R.C. diluted in V6 on his chest. RC stands for Respiratory Care.

A drop of Valor (or Valor II) on the base of his neck after a chiropractic adjustment.

2-3 drops of Gentle Baby on his head before bed. This is great for skin- it definitely helps his cradle cap, and it’s also a calming, relaxing scent.

Diluted Thieves on his feet! I do this before bed, when he gets up, and before we go into town. A baby can use all the immune system support he can get!

Tranquil & Rutavala; this is the bedtime duo! If I forget to apply these to Caleb, he doesn’t sleep/nap as soundly, nor does he go to sleep quite as quickly! I roll Tranquil on behind his ears and Rutavala on his big toes.

I hope this helps you on your path of a healthy lifestyle! If you want more information on Young Living, check out my page here, or if you’re ready to jump feet first into a oily lifestyle & join my community, you can sign up HERE.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Cleaning My Baby’s Toys

I’m not a germaphobe. Really, I promise. Letting your child be exposed to some germs is perfectly fine. I mean, you can’t hide them away forever! I personally don’t disinfect all my child’s toys or anything they put in their mouth…plus, bleach? No way. I haven’t ever owned any in my life!

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So, what do I use? I use this amazing stuff called Thieves Cleaner! It’s so awesome, I’m in love!

I absolutely love that it doesn’t have any nasty chemicals or fragrances that could hurt my baby. It’s just another part of having a chemical-free, healthy home!

So, how do I clean the toys? If it can be in the water, I just put some thieves dish soap & warm water in the sink, soak the toys, rinse and let dry. Easy peasy! If the toy needs to be “spot cleaned”, I just put some thieves cleaner on a rag, and clean the toys. I usually do this before & after I have other children in our home.

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I am so thankful for all of Young Living’s products that help me keep my home toxin free, while supporting our immune system! Would you like to know more about Young Living? Check out all the info & other posts that I’ve shared HERE, or to sign up with the Thieves Kit go HERE. You definitely won’t regret supporting your family’s wellness!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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